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Play by Numbers

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Play By Numbers
Label(s) Music70
Catalogue No(s) AOMC43
Release date(s) 1994
Format(s) Cassette
Running time(s) 26:21

Play By Numbers is the name of Boards of Canada's fourth known release. The Jockey Slut article by Richard Southern describes Play by Numbers as follows: "Five-track CD from what was now a trio, boasting a My Bloody Valentine influence in places, shifting further into electronics in others."

Of the album's five tracks, only a 56-second excerpt of Wouldn't You Like To Be Free[1] (posted on the EHX website in the late 1990s) has been heard by those outside of the band's friends and family.


  1. "Remmy Kid" – 0:58
  2. "Wouldn't You Like To Be Free" – 5:40
  3. "Infinite Lines of Colourful Sevens" – 9:18
  4. "Numerator" – 4:37
  5. "Echelon" – 5:48


  • The title of this release might be an allusion to "painting by numbers", and also to the mathematical basis of music.


Discography Overview | viewedit
Rare/Early releases Catalog 3Acid MemoriesCloses Vol. 1Play by NumbersHooper BayBoC MaximaOld Tunes Vol. 1Old Tunes Vol. 2Random 35 Tracks TapeGeogaddi (test pressing)
General releases (albums) Music Has the Right to ChildrenGeogaddiThe Campfire HeadphaseTomorrow's Harvest
General releases (EPs/12"s) TwoismHi ScoresAquariusPeel SessionIn a Beautiful Place out in the CountryTrans Canada Highway
Mixtapes Societas x Tape
Live Sets Warp10The LighthouseAll Tomorrow's PartiesOther live sets
Promotional Releases Telephasic WorkshopMHTRTC (promo cassette)Orange RomedaGeogaddi (promo lp)Geogaddi (promo cassette)------ / ------ / ------ / XXXXXX / ------ / ------
Produced by BoC for Others Here Come the Rubber Cops
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